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Ochakovskiy Kvass - Ochakovo

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 25.61%
Wants: 27
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ochakovo visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Kvass |  2.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 06-07-2008

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Очаковский is what appears on the label, in case you're baffled by the all-Russian can label as I was. From the 16 0z can purchased at Europa Express 2 in San Francisco, which has other baffling beers.

For all I know this may be a fabulous Kvass. But to me it tastes like beef bouillon with a dose of root beer. Interesting woody, leaf mold smell with a whiff of mouse pee. Soy sauce with a Kool-Aid undertone? Bottoms up!

Photo of misternebbie
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks and smells much better to me, than it tastes reminds me of Dr. Pepper which is made with prunes

Photo of Falcone
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.46/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(purchased at Bell's Market, NE Philly - poured into a Sam Smith's pint)

A: dark brownish ruby in color, nice clarity... tall, sudsy foam on the pour, the texture of which reminds me of a German doppelbock or wheat beer; takes a couple minutes to fall... no lacing, though it keeps a fairly thick collar

S: blackstrap molasses, pumpernickel crust, rye flour

T: whoa! wasn't quite prepared for the taste - it's like molasses, (flat) root beer, Jewish rye bread crust... somewhat bitter in the finish, lingering, the quality of which reminds me of burnt sugar and some sort of herbal, medicinal tincture... I would call it sweet, vaguely candy-like... bit of a fermenting dough aftertaste and what seems to be (but likely isn't) chocolate malt

M: kind of fullish and velvety smooth; does have some luscious body to it... hardly any carbonation to dazzle the palate... not nearly as sticky on the palate as I expected

O: first exposure to a commercial 'kvass'...

I'm sure, with time, I could become addicted to this stuff... a lot of its flavors are right up my alley - but I hardly ever drink soft drinks, and this tastes a bit like one... I've brewed about a half-dozen small batches of kvass at home, using traditional recipes and mine are more tart, funky, lemony, and a good bit less dark and sweet

this has the look and the body of a beer - I don't think there's any question about it... it just carries the sweetness of a soft drink but, apparently, not nearly as much sugar as a Coke; can't figure that out... luckily, I grabbed another can of a different brand, so we'll see how that measures up

Photo of PappyVans
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of boxer0029
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of DmanGTR
3/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +14%

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2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of AdamBear
4.27/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Plastic 2 liter bottle, no clue what to expect

A-dark brown with a light tan head, fades.

S-smells like beer wort. Strong scent. I actually like it a lot. Very peppery. Grainy. Caramels.

T-comes in with a very light but prominent taste of caramel malts and sweet grains. Has a really good after-taste of dark grains and cereal. The flavors are actually fairly bold. Somewhat syrupy as well.

M-almost watery but very crisp and smooth

O-tastes like a beer flavored soda, or soda flavored beer....I can't decide. It's surprisingly good and very drinkable! I enjoy the format as well, big plastic bottle...it's fitting.

Photo of Maillard
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Boone757
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of sommersb
2.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tasted On: 06-04-2013
Freshness: Best by 11-19-2013
Packaging: 0.5L tall can
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single from Aleksey's Market, Nashville

Pours as a reddish-black beer, with almost no head. Head retention and lacing are just not there at all. Looks like a flat cola.

Aromas have molasses and sweet syrup, with some tobacco and vegetable notes.

The taste seems to match the smells, with sweet molasses and caramels, plus some vegetable flavors. Tastes much like a cola.

Body is light, with very low carbonation. Aftertaste is again very cola-like.

Overall the flavors were all right, but it suffered from such low carbonation.

Photo of Photekut
2/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Huffs
2.04/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Picked up a can of this from a local Russian Deli. Poured into a pint glass and was quickly hit by the sweet molasses aroma. Was like sticking my nose in a jar of molasses. Being a dark beer guy, I liked how it look, until the nice tan head faded (about 30 seconds). Beer had a dark hazy brown look and a strong sweet aroma. Taste was like prunes and molasses, very sweet, hell, this is prune juice. Mouthfeel is light and flat with a sour aftertaste. Never had anything like this before.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of UTCengOwl
2.7/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't reviewed for a while, but I'm not sure when I'll next get some Kvass in my apartment. A gift from a Russian coworker after he tasted my last sour homebrew and it reminded him of Kvass.

This stuff is dark, with not much of a head. Looks thick... like molasses. Actually decently interesting.

The nose is... offputting. Stale rye? Something left out for too long? Hrm... hopefully this tastes better.

The taste is like liquid bread, mixed with molasses and slightly soured. Very interesting, but not distinctly good.

I'm glad I've tried this, but I'm not sure what to do with it. Maybe I'd like a strong Kvass that's more sour. Maybe I just need to find a better Kvass.

Photo of mjtiernan
2.56/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sending me this style tick FosterJM!

22oz can poured into a straight sided pint. There are two dates on the bottom (9/26/11 and 6/26/12) but not sure what they mean.

A: Tan half-finger head with little retention. Looks pretty slick and syrupy. Body is brown like a cola.

S: Very sweet smelling. Heavy raisin, light molasses, honey and brown sugar.

T: Sweet, but not nearly as thick and cloying as the nose led me to believe. Reminds me of a watered down cola. I suspect that I’m primarily tasting birch syrup but I’m not very familiar with it so I can’t say for sure.

M: Surprisingly thin and watery. Only slightly fizzy like a soda that's been sitting out for several hours. A bit dry on the finish.

O: Not anything traditionally beer like but I’m glad I got to try it. I’ll pick up a birch beer sometime to see how it compares.

Photo of FosterJM
2.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1246th Review on BA
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Purchased a single can from Moscow Deli, Costa Mesa, CA for $2.35

App- Really looks like a soda to me. Has a deep garnet and light brown color. Huge 3 finger light khaki head with a few dotty lines of cling.

Smell- Super sweet and sugary. Has a ton of deep and dark fruits but not like a dubbel. More like liquid candy.

Taste- Someone else said it and I will concur. Liquid raisins. Just an odd mix of liquid candy raisin sweet with a damp old Rye flavor. I cant really place the flavors I am missing but just making me keep drinking this.

Mouth- A light semi flat body with a low semi sweet residual flavor. Flat carbonation and a bit still.

Drink- Well the hardest two styles are ticked. This is just odd to me. Raisins, sugar, bread. Its kinda bad but I keep drinking it!

Photo of smakawhat
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Much thanks to Woodychandler.

A simple dark brown walnut body, lots of microscopic pin head sized cola bubbles EVERYWHERE on the glass. A very uniform looking head off the pour, tan light honey color much like other Kvass.

Nose is very small and muted. Typical raisin, simple hiding grain, not as sweet smelling, hard to pick out senses.

Taste is kind of odd but with sweet finish, sugars, a little bit of molasses and bread action on this, but real tiny. Mouthfeel is somewhere between light flattened cola but no syrupy qualities. It's also kind of buttery tasting as well.

Overall not bad, but not really interesting or exciting, but it is drinkable.

Photo of rudzud
3.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with WoodyChandler and shared with bpk59.

A - Pours a dark garnet hue that appears to be clear with a fizzy mocha head that leaves a nice cloud and lacing.

S - Smell is of sweet raisin bread, molasses, malts, candi sugar, and more dark fruits.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lots of molasses and raidin bread and flat cola. Much more molasses than other kvasses I've tried. Dark fruits like dates and figs.

M - Mouthfeel is thin, which helps kill the sticky sweetness.

O - Overall this is much different and better than the others. Tastes almost like raisin water. I still cant consume a whole can of this, but its not bad.

Photo of jisom123
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

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Ochakovskiy Kvass from Ochakovo
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